Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Home Economics Television - 1949

Cornell's Home Economics Student Lois Schumacher prepares food, Classmates Help with Decorations

- Family Life in 1949 -

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I love this educational video! It's fascinating to see how suburban housewives ran their homes.

There is a drastic difference between suburban life and farm life (both in past and current eras).

Before suburban life, most families grew most of their own food. They were industrious and hardworking at home. All children, as soon as they were old enough to walk, began doing chores. They knew no other way. They helped with the animals, the gardens, the farming and the housework. Children also had opportunities to earn money through some of their home industry. (Perhaps by selling animals they raised themselves, or things they made, etc.)

Current Suburban life is strikingly similar to this 1949 video. Mothers who are at home, tend to have a larger burden on their shoulders, when it comes to housework.  Many busy teenagers are not home to help, or don't have enough responsibility required from them at home.  When each member of the family is not doing their part to help, it makes Mom a weary housekeeper!

I don't know about you, but I am going to make a new Homemaking plan with plenty of extra chores for my children!

Mrs. White

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Tracy said...

I love these old videos! I was watching some on YouTube yesterday. :)

Marita said...

Great video! thanks for posting this.

Cindi said...

What a great peek at history. Times have definitely changed. It's great to look back.

Lori Alexander said...

I so wish I would have raised my children by my side working with me. I watch the Duggers and they all seem to work hard and are so happy. We were created to work. It gives a sense of accomplishment that is sorely lacking in children today.

The Momma Chronicles said...

I, too, wish I had spent more time having my children work by my side. I'll draw up a chore list today! I'm also convicted about the fact that I have yet to tackle my biggest weakness - time management. Thank you for the reminder! :-)


Lisa Reynoso said...

So true! I need to be more proactive about getting my kids to help me. Granted, they are only 3 & 5, but with another one due this summer, I'm going to need all the help I can get! My son is good at picking up his toys--though I usually have to prompt him. My daughter can do all kinds of things, like fold laundry, wash non-breakable dishes, clear the table, etc. She loves being my "little helper", and I love having her help out. We just moved, so things are still chaotic, but I want to make a pictorial job sheet for her soon, and provide incentives for her to look at it without being reminded!

lisa said...


Love it ! Can these be found on youtube ?
some great ideas that never go out of style ..


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